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Brescia

As being the second largest city in Lombardy after Milan, Brescia boosts a multitude of historic monuments. Here you can find interesting Roman ruins, the enormous Santa Giulia monastery complex that was declared a world heritage site. It's worth to peek inside the gothic, renaissance and baroque churches or to marvel at the elegance of the piazzas.

Located at the  intersection of Corso Giamcomo Matteotti with Via Fratelli Bronzetti, exterior of this church is dominated by a huge neoclassic facade. Although being founded in the 13th century, nothing reminds us of its medieval origins because the church was completely rebuilt in the 18th century. Most visitors come here for a masterwork of Titian.

This Renaissance church got its name from a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary that was once kept there. More than 500 years after its construction, the most important features of the building are its elaborately decorated marble reliefs in the facade and portico making it a must for all visitors of Brescia.

It is an important Romanesque-Gothic church from the 13th century adorned with 14-16th century frescoes and masterpieces by Moretto and Romanino.

This is an important example of typical Venetian-style squares with a Renaissance loggia, several palaces and a clock tower. 

It is a majestic late Baroque cathedral built over two centuries to replace the old summer cathedral of the city.

 

The old dome of Brescia represents an example of extraordinary beauty of Romanesque architecture in Italy.

 

San Faustino in Riposo church and Porta Brusciata in 360°

Chiesa San Faustino in Riposo and Porta Brusciata

Also called as the church of Santa Rita, the tiny Romanesque San Faustino is a real gem compressed between residential buildings.

Leaving Piazza Loggia and walking along Via dei Musei (the former decumannus), you'll soon find yourself in the middle of the ancient Roman town of Brixia. The most remarkable sights include the Capitoline temple at the Forum Romanum and the nearby theatre.